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Fly animation for Nimmo’s music video

Scott Green - 22nd April 2016 - 0 comments


This little fellow never dreamed that he’d be a music video star. Then one day he landed a small part in a new music video for Nimmo.


Michael at Academy Films needed a fly animation for a new music video. They’d already shot the footage and the flay had to look as though it was trapped inside a glass jar, buzzing around with some leaves inside it. Here’s the ‘Before’ footage


We began by carefully masking (cutting out) the shape of the leaves in After Effects to create layers of leaves on top of a background layer.

Blurring each of the shapes (we used colour to make it clear) it looked natural when the fly moved between layers with no harsh edges.

We found a photo of a fly, cut out it’s wings and animated them with some motion blur. Then we moved it around the scene and in between the leaf layers to make it look like it was passing between them as it flew around.

We blurred him the farer away he got from the camera to compliment the depth-of-field from the camera lens. Although everything happens so fast (just as a common house fly would act in real life) blurring helped us to create the illusion that Michael was looking for.


He’s only a small guy, and doesn’t have a major role, but see if you can spot him in this stunning music video for Nimmo.

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